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Houston zoo puts pregnant elephant on jumbo weight-loss plan

General June 10, 2014

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – Zookeepers in Houston have placed a pregnant Asian elephant named Tess on a weight loss and exercise regimen, trying to help the pudgy pachyderm cut 500 pounds (228 kgs) in time for delivery of the baby in about a year. When she gets closer to delivery she’ll move less and be less active,” said Daryl Hoffman, curator of large mammals at the Houston Zoo. Asian elephants can weigh up to 11,000 pounds (5,000 kg), according to data provided by various zoos.

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